Thursday, March 21, 2013

Upper Cervical Care and Scoliosis Correction: A Case Study

Scoliosis correction upper cervical care
Correction of juvenile idiopathic scoliosis after primary upper cervical chiropractic care: a case study. Abstracts from the 13th annual upper cervical spine conference, Nov 16-17, 1996 Life College, Marietta, Georgia. Pub in Chiropractic Research Journal, Vol. 1V, No.1, Spring 1997 p.29

From the abstract:

A nine-year-old male presented in our office with a chief complaint of juvenile idiopathic scoliosis and intermittent back pain. The patient had fractured his clavicle one month before his initial visit and complained of intermittent "growing pains" in his right foot. The case history also revealed that he had been involved in a motor vehicle accident two years previously.

The patient was managed with upper cervical care, utilizing the Grostic Procedure of adjusting by hand. Over the five months and ten days of care, the patient was checked on 13 visits and required an upper cervical adjustment on five of those visits. The leg length inequality, posture, and palpatory findings balanced immediately after the first upper cervical adjustment. Post-adjustment paraspinal surface EMG showed that the paraspinal muscular activity was more balanced. Post-treatment x-ray taken on the 13th visit revealed the thoracic and lumbar curves had an 88% overall reduction in the scoliosis after the five months of care.

(Editor's note: Remember the objective of upper cervical care is to correct head neck misalignment that is interfering with proper brain to body communication. When this is corrected the body functions at a higher level and can often correct other problems more efficiently on its own. Please do not confuse upper cervical care as a treatment for any condition, disease or symptom.)


  1. Hi Travis, nice blog. I am thinking of having a blog around chiropractic and related ideas too.

    1. Thanks Chris! Go for it. It is a great way to share with patients and help them to understand bit by bit the big idea.

  2. Thanks for the information; I've been researching adult scoliosis treatments online for my friend who has a mild case of this disorder that causes him a little bit of discomfort. Do you know of any physical therapy to help alleviate this, or would surgery be the only option?

    1. I am sure that Physical Therapy may help some with scoliosis. It depends on what the cause of the scoliosis is. Often times we do not know the cause. In most situations and with most conditions surgery is not the only option. This post was about one case study of an individual under Upper Cervical Chiropractic care and the results that were attained. Upper Cervical Chiropractic is very non-invasive and works with the body so it is a good place to start.


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